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Offline timkalea

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need help-immobilizers for night use
« on: January 11, 2005, 03:45:52 PM »
Hello,

I've been struggling with patella tendonitis/both knees for a little over a year.  My pain is the worst at night, so doc just yesterday figured that I must be sleeping with my knees bent and thought we might try an immobilizer.

He gave me one to try, I don't know the brand but it was the shorter of the two offered.  I wore it last night and it was fantastic.  No pain in that knee and it felt pain free upon walking this morning.  But I need to do both knees, and don't think I could stand the same type of brace on both legs at the same time.  I would have trouble moving around and my typical nighttime trip to the bathroom would be a disaster.

Any suggestions?  Has anyone tried anything that might be a little less cumbersome yet still keep my knees straight enough that I would experience similar relief?

Thanks for your help,

Tracy

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Re: need help-immobilizers for night use
« Reply #1 on: January 13, 2005, 01:53:03 AM »
Perhaps you need to consider post op braces that have locking hinges? then you can lock them while sleeping and unlock w/o taking off for potty trips etc.

You could also consider a urinal for nitetime, but that's a last resort :(

Just an idea...
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Re: need help-immobilizers for night use
« Reply #2 on: January 14, 2005, 03:29:14 AM »
I have an IROM brace... it was what I woke up from surgery in.  

If you want to test it out before buying anything, you are welcome to it.  

Email me (or private message, I guess) if you are interested.

I have been looking for a good home for it where it will be useful.

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Re: need help-immobilizers for night use
« Reply #3 on: January 15, 2005, 09:21:22 AM »
I presume you are using a cricket pad splint - one that does not allow you to bend your knee.  It has metal rods along the side and at the back and is done up with velcro straps with an opening for your patella.

If you have problems with both knees and need to keep both knees straight then you would need to get another brace similar.  The only thing is that you would need a brace that is maybe shorter than the one that you have got.  Incidentally what is the measurement of the one that you are already using?

If you don't have much luck on here, I would suggest that you talk to the manufacturer of the brace that you are already using and ask them for suggestions.  They may have something which might help you.

I wish you luck.
Past History of L&R Knee
Bilateral OA
Medial Meniscal Tears
Lateral Releases & Medial Reefings
Ruptured LCL, MCL & PCL
Adhesions in the interconylar notch of ACL removed
Suprapatella plication
Debridements/Lavages
Deep chondral fissure in crest of patella
Awaiting MRI - LK
TKR - RK

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Re: need help-immobilizers for night use
« Reply #4 on: January 17, 2005, 12:06:30 AM »
My current brace is 14 inches, not full length.  I'm not sure I could tolerate one that is much longer than that.  I wonder if they make a slightly shorter one that might still keep my knee relatively stable?  I realize the shorter the splint, the less immobilized the knee truly is, but the one that I have, at least, seems to be working fine for my situation.

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Re: need help-immobilizers for night use
« Reply #5 on: January 17, 2005, 12:13:52 AM »
Have a look at these braces - don't know if any of these will help you or not.  

http://www.kneeshop.com/postop1.htm?Enter+Here=Enter+Here

Although I think that your brace is probably the shortest that there is, but have a look, just in case you find one shorter.
« Last Edit: January 17, 2005, 12:16:03 AM by Lizzie »
Past History of L&R Knee
Bilateral OA
Medial Meniscal Tears
Lateral Releases & Medial Reefings
Ruptured LCL, MCL & PCL
Adhesions in the interconylar notch of ACL removed
Suprapatella plication
Debridements/Lavages
Deep chondral fissure in crest of patella
Awaiting MRI - LK
TKR - RK















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